Novo Rumo Reupholstered Rosewood High Back Chairs
Novo Rumo in collaboration with Jorge Zalszupin, pair of lounge chairs, in rosewood, metal and velvet, Brazil, 1960s.
Vibrant pair of rosewood lounge chairs with sled-leg base are designed by the design and architecture collective Novo Rumo. Jorge Zalszupin was one of the collaborators and this set is therefore attributed to the Brazilian designer Jorge Zalszupin. These chairs are a great example of the inventive and esthetic design of Zalszupin. The shell consists of bended rosewood plywood, combined of several elements. Each element is connected with a beautiful metal element. Exceptional are the sled or slipper legs in metal and rosewood, which is not common for this type of lounge chairs. The backs of these two chairs is almost identical meaning that they have been made from the same piece of rosewood. They are upholstered by the in-house upholstery studio.
Jorge Zalszupin (1922-), born in Warsaw, emigrated to Brazil as he want to '[...] emigrate far from Europe, impoverished by the constant wars, content in its past and against any sort of progress [...].' Zalszupin worked in a variety of areas such as design, architecture and interior design. He was a true designer of his time and place: using local wood and the most up to date techniques. Zalzupin was very much invested in Brazilian architecture: '[...] the architecture was new. The was none of that clinging to the past like there was in France.' This was also the reason that Zalszupin started l'Atelier: to manufacture the designs that fitted the new architecture and culture of Brazil. He treated the wood with loving care and designed both domestic and office furniture. Zalsupin is seen as one of the most important 20th century designers.